Novelty Hill Winery 2008 Stillwater Creek Vineyard malbec

Tasted at 60-63 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: heavy garnet. Nose: inyaface plum and feral blackberry. Mouthfeel: full, sterile, and dense. Tail trail: 10 seconds. Flavors: plum, cinnamon, spice box. Paired with 30-minute chili. A weeknight slog upgraded.

Alcohol: 14.4%. Vineyard located in the future Frenchman Hills AVA. Columbia Valley AVA. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 88. Value: $18. Paid: more than $24. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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